The Elephant Man

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Original title
The Elephant Man
Running Time
125 min.
United States United States
David Lynch, Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore
John Morris
Freddie Francis (B&W)
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Paramount Pictures. Producer: Mel Brooks
Drama | Biography. Disease. Disability. 19th Century. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
David Lynch brings his own dreamlike style to the heartbreaking yet somehow uplifting story of John Merrick (John Hurt), a hideously deformed individual dubbed the Elephant Man during his years in a circus freak show in Victorian England. After suffering for years at the hands of his circus "master," the eloquent, soft spoken Merrick is "rescued" by compassionate surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who allows him to live at the hospital where he works. Merrick becomes a social celebrity when he meets a popular stage performer (Anne Bancroft), but he must continue to fight for his dignity with those who still choose to view him as a freak. Meanwhile, Treves begins to question whether his supposed act of humanity has been just as exploitative as Merrick’s former caretakers.

8 Academy Awards Nominations. 0 Awards.
1981: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1980: 8 Nominations for Oscar, including Actor (Hurt), Art Direction, Costume Design, Director
1980: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1980: BAFTA Awards: Best Movie, Actor (Hurt) & Production Design. 7 Nominations
1980: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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